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The Language of Flowers

A Novel
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Language of Flowers


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"The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past."--
Authors: Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
Title: The language of flowers
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 322 p. ;,25 cm.
Notes: Includes Victoria's dictionary of flowers (p. [311]-318).
Summary: "The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past."--
ISBN: 9780345525543
034552554X
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Report This Feb 15, 2014
  • deccles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thought I would get tired of reading this book after the first couple of chapters. This flower means this blah, blah. But no. I really enjoyed it. I wanted to see how the past and present connected in the story.

Report This Jan 27, 2014
  • furlan rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The lead character is hard to like and at times the plot is ridiculously unbelievable. ie leaving a newborn baby alone in an apartment while the mother sleeps in a park overnight! The flower language is interesting for awhile but gets repetitious. 2 1/2 stars from me

Report This Dec 24, 2013
  • rbgosh2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

loved this book, couldn't put it down. i loved the way it was written and how it all came together....you love each character, each with a different perspective.....a must read!

Report This Dec 13, 2013
  • JCLHelenH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Victoria uses the language of flowers, the meanings assigned to particular plants, to heal strangers she meets in her work at a flower shop. She uses the language of flowers to express emotions to those she wishes to love. And she uses the language of flowers to eventually heal herself. At turns difficult, frustrating, and confusing, The Language of Flowers offers hope and compassion to those damaged by life’s brutality. Readers who appreciated the plight of foster children in White Oleander will find similar themes here. The Buffalo Soldier offers insight into the foster care system from a foster family’s point of view and is equally gripping in its own way.

Report This Nov 18, 2013
  • little_table rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fabulous book! If you are a gardener or have an avid interest in flowers and symbolism this book is for you! Characters were realistic and their emotional perspectives so believably and relatable. Hard to put down.

Report This Oct 08, 2013
  • Klimo1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I waited a long time to read this book and it was worth the wait. Great first book by this author! Believable characters!

Report This Oct 05, 2013
  • Alegria_de_Arte rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I totally recommend this book, it's been one of my favorites for a while, not only for the amazing and beautiful meaning of the flowers but the way you get to connect with the main character Victoria! Wow! I loved it!!!

Report This Aug 03, 2013
  • CJA1910 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is such a good read. I literally couldn't put it down. The girl is so self-destructive because of her early experiences and how she reacts to them. I was always cheering for her though. I loved it so much that I convinced my husband to read it. He usually reads murder mysteries and "pooh-poohs" anything I read. He had to admit that he really liked this book. I hope Vanessa Diffenbaugh will be writing more novels.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: A newly empancipated foster child enters a new life as an independent young woman of 18. She is faced with numerous challenges including homelessness and unemployment. She ultimately finds her way despite her troubled past. The story revists her past and tells of her present situation in alternating chapters. Her past and present come full circle in this novel, flowers and their attached meanings are woven into the story in a natural and meaningful way. Readers will cheer for the brave and talented main character, Victoria.

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Report This Jan 29, 2014
  • JCLHelenH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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